The meeting of the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS Committee of Chiefs of Defence Staff ended with a call on member states to strengthen collaborations and partnerships to ensure peace and security in the region.

Speaking at the end of the meeting in Abuja, the Chairman of the committee, General Abayomi Olonisakin who made the call said that peace and security in the region could help member states to achieve the Vision 2020.

He recalled that the security challenges faced in the region were worrisome and a great danger for our collective security.

Olonisakin said that experience had shown that political disturbances in member states had the capacity to destabilise the region with associated humanitarian consequences.

He further said that some of the security threats were transnational in nature requiring multinational cooperation and collaboration to effectively tackle.